Dreams coming true on a set with my favorite gals, creating studio magic. Thanks Open Pavilion for a great collaboration and Laura Yamasaki on H/MU
As someone who tends to look very young for my age, I battle the feeling of people taking me seriously professionally. I constantly am told, oh you are so cute, you look 18. And inwardly, I cringe. Let's be real, I am almost 30! The first impression is so powerful and how do I want the world to view me and consequently my brand? The first place I started was with my makeup. I felt, I need someone to gently guide and teach me their ways, no pushy sales pitch. I tend to get stuck in a rut and do the same things, that now I think about it, have been doing since I was probably 18! Help me please. I am really fortunate to have met an amazing artist like Laura Yamasaki. Here is a shameless selfie I took after our time together. What I was so excited about is how minor tweaks make such a huge difference. My brow game is on point ya'll. With a bit more emphasis on brows, and some lipstick, gasp! I suddenly felt elevated. But I never would have taken those steps without the gentle guidance of an unbiased artist. I am not talking about the sales girls at your local Neiman's makeup counter. I am talking, someone who is a real artist, and assesses your face as the blank canvas. Not something to conceal but simply emphasize the positive and just make you feel more well... like you. Can anyone else relate?
Do yourself a favor and book some time Laura over at Libery Guild in Mill Valley.
Happy Earth Day from Golden Styling. Some natural inspiration for you. Clean lines, monochromatic, with a pop of color. What inspires you?
Arguably my favorite season by far, summer seems to be melting so quickly from spring on this side of the continent. Here are a few of my favorite inspiration pages that I will be incorporating into my closet rotation. I don't know about you, but I still love flipping through the pages of Vogue and Porter and tearing out imagery that strikes my fancy.
It is important to not only seek inspiration for your everyday looks, but keep them somewhere you see consistently. I find that this really helps my focus when shopping. It is so easy to get sidetracked on little items that may be redundant and what you already own so remembering what you really love, will save you from frivolous expenditures. Less is more. Quality over quantity. I could keep going but you get the point.
This look from The Row pretty much sums up my spring inspiration. Basically pajamas. At least I admit it. Thank you Mary Kate and Ashley. Your collections are the gift that keeps on giving.
I had so much fun on this set. Partnering with creatives who bring out the best in each other, we were just girls playing dress up. Our Barbie doll, Sierra was simply beautiful, inside and out. Our inspiration was minimal lines, natural light, and texture. We had a custom backdrop painted by this lovely human that really brought everything to life. Such a soul satisfying day.
Makeup : Laura Yamasaki
Photography : Margo Moritz
Stylist Assistant : Mariko Yamasaki
Hair : Natalie Kindade
Backdrop : Masha Kouznetsova
Model : Sierra Lippert at Scout Agency
'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' -Leonardo da Vinci
To take that outfit down a notch, edit, scale back, and just be. I love the simple things in life. Working on a new editorial concept shoot with some of my favorite creatives, I wanted to share some of my inspiration photos.
Frolicking through the forest and beaches of San Francisco, these images were so effortless to capture thanks to an amazing team. Focusing on innocence, we explored a young girl's world. Head over to my portfolio to see more!
Photography- Margo Moritz
Hair & Makeup- Laura Yamasaki
Florals- Heather Cassady
Models- Lauren S. and Julia Hood at Stars Model Mgmt.
Ok guys, listen up. So you are wearing a devastatingly handsome suit to work every day and as much as we ladies love it, I am sure it can get a little old. Want a quirky, smart, and unexpected way to update your look? Socks...bright colored, thin, solid, or even a fun pattern, do not shy away. They are meant to be seen so if your tailored suit pant stops at the top of your shoe, perfect. Only key to this is making sure your shoes are polished and worth showing off. I love how the gentleman below kept his shirt, suit, and tie very simple and classic, allowing his socks to do all the talking. Add in a pocket square that is in the same color family, and you are bound to turn some heads.
What can I say? I love the color nude. You may say, that is not a color Alisha, but thanks to the runways for spring this year, it is. Being redefined and expanded to suit every skin color, nude is not so un-attainable anymore. Gone are the days of too frilly, pretty and overly girly nude pinks, what has emerged is the older cool sister with a hint of bad. And worn head to toe, it can be so right. My favorite staples are obviously a nude heel or flat because they create the illusion that my legs go for days but in the wrong shade, can end up looking so tacky. Another favorite is a nude nail color, classic nails never look dated and when they chip, which they always do after 2 days, no one notices. OPI Bubble Bath works for me with a pink undertone on my pale but olive skin. I am hunting for a few pieces to add to my closet, such as a silk trench. Paired with a nude slip dress for work, and a minimal black heel makes it feel modern. Adding a neutral snakeskin print clutch and I can easily transition from day to night. Oh and try your best at "bed head" a la Kate Moss. A messy but sexy head of hair will remove you from a too perfect feel. Take a look at my "lust list" below for inspiration. and you may be a new member of the nude tribe. ;)
I love Pinterest for so many reasons. But mainly, it really organizes my creative thought process. As a visual person, it really helps to see it all sort of laid out in a board and edit based on the desired end result. Sometimes, I simply pin to see where my tastes may be changing and hone in on my personal style even more. The older I become, the more finely tuned it seems to be and when I am shopping, it keeps me focused on what I REALLY want. I wanted to share my most recent inspirations and hope they inspire you!
I am having a moment with red lips. I recently discovered my perfect rouge lip by Mac, Russian Red. It instantly freshens my pale winter skin and adds an element of glamour to the most basic outfits. The whole process of finding your perfect shade can be daunting but i highly recommend just trying! I love Birchbox for the fact that you can try every shade imaginable at home. Because who likes the department store cosmetic counter with its pushy sales people and fluorescent lights? Um, no thanks. Put on your favorite slinky black dress and perfect your pout at home.
We all know the French girl and want to be her...effortless, easy, chic, and perfectly thrown together. Introducing Sezane, my new obsession. I literally could make an excuse for every piece from their Fall collection. Not only is each piece timeless, but unique, and I will keep for years to come. A major lover of edited simple styling, this line does just that. Each piece is timeless and a stand alone. Enjoy a few of my favorite pieces on my shopping list.
Lately, I have been pinching myself thinking how blessed I am to get to work with some of the most creative and talented people! I was recruited by an agency in San Diego almost two years ago called theLIFT. These guys are not only incredibly funny, but humble, talented, and super hardworking. I will be forever grateful to them for believing in my art and hiring me on faith! A couple months ago we worked with Sony on a few videos for their retail and online spaces. These are really demographic-specific and the styling has to be pretty minimal and edited. We want the viewer to focus on the product but become lost in the "feeling". Stylistically, we have to ask ourselves, is this relatable to the Sony customer? Would they wear this while using the product? It is a lot of psychology and a ton of fun! My hair and makeup guru Stacy Vizcarra is incredible, she brings the whole look together perfectly. Take a peak at my portfolio and leave me a comment!
Yesterday, I desperately wanted to channel my inner Sartorialist and snap a photo of this girl in downtown San Francisco. An iphone photo would not cut it, her outfit was amazing. I perused Pinterest for my own denim on denim inspiration and found my favorite girls. Not only do they just oooooze cool but each look is really perfectly pulled together. The nude heels with mixed metal jewelry and accessories are understated but maintain the chic feel. No longer the Texas Tuxedo, fashionistas are proudly flaunting their "chambray". Done right, this is oh so good and on my outfit list for the week.
I saw this in an editorial recently and couldn't stop staring...at that top knot! How come mine never come out so perfectly?! With wedding season fast approaching, I can definitely see myself attempting this for the evening. The statement jewelry works so well and I love how her eye shadow really makes them pop. Keep your dress simple and modern and let your accessories do the talking.
Heading out the door to pull for a client and wanted to share my look for the day. Fussy is not something I will do and James Perse makes great easy basics. His fabrics are soft and move with you wherever you go. I bought this twisted mini several years ago and as soon as the weather warms up, I cannot wait to pull it on. The jersey blend flatters any figure, I often choose his basics for my clients. An easy J.Crew straw tote, Ray Bans, and I am ready for the flee market!
I am so excited about my upcoming project in San Diego! Running around, prepping, pulling together mood boards, and getting each person's look just right... all part of the fun of my job. The location of our shoot will be in sunny San Diego and I cannot wait to share pictures. Follow me on Instagram for updates! The life of a stylist as my boyfriend likes to say, is a lot of schlepping, but I feel really lucky to be doing something so creative. Each project and client presents new challenges and ways to improve my craft. I have to remind myself though to stay true to my artistic instincts, they are the reason for why I do what I do. I guess any artist can relate and styling is a fine line of pleasing the client, but let your signature shine through! People will always remember individuality. Here is a photo that I wanted to share with you. I discovered Jane Birkin forever ago and instantly related to her simple, natural approach to beauty. French and so effortless, her look inspires my day look right now.
These Saint Laurent heels would go with just about everything in my wardrobe. Problem is, they cost a mere three-fourths of my monthly rent payment. Zara of course promptly came out with a version at a fraction of the price, but are they slightly off? The back tip does not sit as high on the ankle and this just seems to add to the sensuality of the shoe. I blame this obsession with design and perfection on my OCD tendencies. As a stylist, I cannot help but notice the tiny seemingly insignificant details. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge believer in buying investment pieces that never go out of style and will last you years, but I take a deep breath and contemplate not eating for a week. This does not seem normal! As an artist, I want to support the designer, but then Zara always comes out with something so so similar and I can lead a normal healthy life while maintaining a balanced bank account. What do you think?? Is it better to splurge on classic pieces or buy the knock off?